Signs aim to deter drivers from speeding in Beccles

Councillor Chris Punt and mayor Graham Catchpole with one of the signs on Coney Hill. PHOTO: Nick Bu

Councillor Chris Punt and mayor Graham Catchpole with one of the signs on Coney Hill. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Two vehicle activated speed signs have been installed to deter drivers from speeding in Beccles.

The signs will pop up at different locations around the town every few weeks, and work by flashing up with the driver’s speed as they approach.

Money for the signs and the seven black posts which have been placed around the town for the signs to be mounted on, has come from Beccles Town Council and Suffolk county councillor Chris Punt’s transport and quality of life budget. The project has cost around £7,000.

The signs were first placed in Coney Hill and Hungate, and have now moved to London Road, just before the vets going into town, along with Rigbourne Hill where they will remain for two weeks.

Beccles mayor Graham Catchpole said: “At the moment we have got seven posts around the town, but we hope to increase that and buy more signs so it can become more permanent. I have walked up and down Coney Hill and I have seen cars slow down so it does work. And members of the public have told me they have seen it working too.”

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Two posts have been installed along Coney Hill, with further posts in Rigbourne Hill, St Anne’s Road, Hungate, London Road and Kemps Lane.

Mr Punt said: “The main thing is speed awareness. If you show drivers their speed they naturally react and slow down and they know people travelling behind them will have seen too.

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“And the data can be downloaded to a PC so we can analyse it and see if there are any areas where we need some more safety measures.”

The project follows the introduction of a 20mph zone in the Northgate area of Beccles in October last year in a bid to reduce speeding.

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